I think I've met all of these NCO's, including myself. I think I fall into the Uncle Sham category. I was promoted to an NCO Buck Sergeant in Vietnam. I didn't know how my guys would feel about me being their, SP-4 buddy one day, and their team leader the next day. They were great. They respected me and I respected them. My first real test was being told to have them pick up cigarette butts and anything else that wasn't dirt. We had all been in combat, and they knew I was being tested, so they went along with it. I didn't have to worry about it anymore, until I got back to,the states, but that's another story.
Whether you serve in the military until retirement or just do four years and get out, to serve under the leadership of a great noncommissioned officer is an experience that’ll continue to shape your professional and professional development throughout your lifetime.